Thursday, February 15, 2007

Saving Those Damned Catholics

Catholics have their own special problems when it comes to the tragedy of abortion.

Judie Brown of American Life League (ALL) has recently published her book, “Saving Those Damned Catholics.” Interesting title, don’t you think? She was quoted as saying: "There is an eternal price to be paid for denying the truth ... thus the name of the book."

As I understand it, this is a book which Judie, a Catholic, wrote out of frustration with the failure of the US Catholic Church leadership to do anything substantial to end the atrocity of abortion.

LifeSiteNews recently did an interview with her about her book and FYI, Judie has a blog on the ALL website, located here.

I suspect that Judie’s experience is somewhat mirrored by that of writer Barbara Kralis, who last month put out “A Plea to the Pope For Help.”

Following the above links will provide a quick survey of how some pro-life Catholics view their Church’s shocking failure to address the killing of innocent unborns.

Are things any different in the Catholic Church leadership in Canada in this regard?

Certainly not according to

There are extremely discouraging themes in the above reports. However, an important note needs to be made here. Blaming Church leaders is no answer in itself, regardless of how much they have failed. And, to be sure, they HAVE failed. In fact, practically ALL Christian leaders of ALL stripes have miserably failed the unborn children of this nation.

Perhaps there is some value to understanding HOW they have failed, but only insofar as it helps us to advance a workable solution. And pro-lifers in Canada have to do much better in this regard. They cannot simply blame the bishop, the pastor or the priest for the predicament of the unborn, or the failure of the pro-life movement. And if their only real accomplishment is to do that, then obviously they have accomplished nothing worthwhile for the unborn.

A great key to the solution can be found, I believe, in the words of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen who said:

Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops, and your religious act like religious.

Let Christians of all stripes apply that wisdom to their own church leadership. What it says to me is that only when Christians (and pro-lifers) live more virtuous and self sacrificing lives than their own church leaders will God’s grace supernaturally guide them to a solution for the evils of their day—abortion being our greatest social evil today.

I hope Judie Brown got around to saying that.


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